Hip Specialist in Singapore

Dr Kau is a Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with more than 15 years of experience and a subspecialty interest in hip surgery. He is experienced in trauma and fracture management, sports injuries, and joint replacement surgery. For patients suffering from hip conditions, Dr Kau offers hip replacement surgery and is skilled in robotic assisted surgery. Make an appointment with Dr Kau for a consultation and a personalised hip treatment plan.

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Dr Kau Chung Yuan (许医生)


MRCS (Ireland)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCSEd (Ortho)


What is a Hip Specialist?

A hip specialist is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage disorders and injuries related to the hip joint and surrounding structures.

They utilise both non-surgical and surgical methods to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for their patients. Their expertise includes various conditions, from common issues like arthritis to acute injuries like fractures.

The Hip

The hip joint, a crucial ball-and-socket joint connecting the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis, plays a vital role in supporting body weight and enabling a wide range of movements like walking, running, and jumping. Its sturdy structure, reinforced by strong ligaments and cushioned by cartilage, is essential for maintaining stability and facilitating smooth motion in our daily activities.

For specialised hip care, Dr Kau offers a range of services to help diagnose, treat, and restore optimal function to your hip joint.

Common Conditions Treated by Hip Specialists


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting the hip, characterised by the wear and tear of cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness.

Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are serious injuries that occur in the bone near the hip joint, typically as a result of falls or direct impacts.

Bursitis and Tendinitis

Bursitis and tendinitis in the hip are inflammatory conditions caused by the irritation or inflammation of the bursa or tendons. These conditions may result in pain and restricted movement.

Labral Tears

The labrum, a ring of cartilage, lines the outer rim of the hip joint socket. Labral tears can cause pain and sensations of clicking, locking, or instability in the hip joint.

Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatment options are often the first approach in managing hip conditions.

  • Physical Therapy: Customised exercises to strengthen the hip and improve flexibility.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain and inflammation in the hip joint.
Surgical Interventions

When non-surgical treatments do not provide relief, or the hip damage is too severe, surgical options may be considered, including:

  • Total Hip Replacement: A procedure where the damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with prosthetic components. This surgery is commonly performed to relieve pain and restore function in patients with severe arthritis or injury.
  • Hip Hemiarthroplasty: This surgery involves the replacement of the head of the femur (thigh bone) with a prosthetic implant, leaving the natural socket in the pelvis untouched. It is often used in cases of hip fractures where the blood supply to the femoral head is compromised.
  • Hip Arthroscopy: Through small incisions, your orthopaedic surgeon inserts a camera and specialized instruments, allowing them to view and address issues within the joint with precision. This approach generally results in reduced recovery times and less post-operative discomfort compared to conventional open surgery.
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Post-operative rehabilitation and physical therapy are important aspects of recovery, helping patients regain strength and mobility. A tailored rehabilitation program focuses on exercises that enhance joint function, reduce pain, and improve quality of life.


Hip Treatments We Offer

Post-Procedure Hip Recovery

Effective recovery care is essential for successful healing post-hip surgery, involving meticulous medical guidance, strict adherence to prescribed regimens, and necessary lifestyle adjustments. Understand the nuances of the recovery process and access invaluable home care recommendations tailored for individuals undergoing hip surgery.

Hip Replacement Recovery


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When To See A Hip Specialist

  • Persistent Hip Pain or Discomfort
    If you experience persistent hip pain or discomfort that does not improve with rest or over-the-counter remedies, it may be time to see a hip specialist.
  • Limited Mobility and Function
    If you notice a significant decrease in your hip’s range of motion, difficulty walking, or a noticeable limp, it is advisable to consult a hip specialist.
  • Hip Injuries or Trauma
    If you have recently experienced a hip injury, such as a fall, sports-related accident, or trauma, seek immediate medical attention from a hip specialist.
  • Swelling and Tenderness
    Swelling, tenderness, or warmth in the hip area can be signs of inflammation or infection. These symptoms, especially when they appear suddenly, should prompt an immediate consultation with a hip specialist to diagnose the cause and prevent further complications.

Diagnostic Techniques

Physical Examination

A comprehensive physical examination is the first step in diagnosing hip problems. During the examination, a hip specialist assesses the hip’s range of motion, strength, and alignment and checks for any signs of pain and discomfort when performing specific movements.

Imaging Tests

Common imaging tests include:

  • X-rays: Provide images of bone structures, helping to identify fractures, arthritis, and changes in joint space.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Offers detailed images of soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which help diagnose soft tissue injuries and conditions.
  • CT scans (Computed Tomography): Combine multiple X-ray images for a more detailed cross-sectional view of the hip, which is useful in complex cases.
Lab Tests

In cases where an infection, arthritis, or other systemic condition is suspected, a hip specialist may recommend blood tests. These can help identify inflammation or infection markers, contributing to a comprehensive diagnostic approach.


Dr. Kau Chung Yuan

MBBS (S’pore)

MRCS (Ireland)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr Kau (许医生) is a Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with a subspecialty interest in Hip and Knee surgery and has been in practice for more than 15 years.

He is experienced in trauma and fracture management, sports injuries, and joint replacement surgery.

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Orthopaedics (FRCS, Edin) 2014
  • Master of Medicine (Orthopaedics), Singapore (MMed) 2013
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (MRCS, Ire) 2009
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS, Singapore) 2004

Patient Journey with Dr Kau


During the initial consultation, Dr Kau will evaluate your medical history, assess your condition and advise you on the next course of action.


After consultation, Dr Kau will decide which tests are needed. Most conditions will benefit from an X-ray of the affected region to aid in your diagnosis.


After diagnosis, Dr Kau will recommend a personalised non-invasive or surgical treatment plan, depending on your condition.

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Patient Feedback

Ethan Chan
Dr. Kau is an exemplary doctor who is experienced in his field and is very patient with his patients. He walked me through the details of my knee condition and addressed all my concerns. Thanks to Dr. Kau, I had a better understanding of my ACL and MCL injury and the various treatment options available. His advice and treatment have been very valuable to me.
Ming Lee Chua
Dr Kau was very careful and explained clearly the surgery procedures. After surgery, the care while I was in hospital was closely monitored and he even came during weekends! The hip so far has recovered and healed. His ‘predictions’ of when what can happen are so accurate. Trust him.
Teo Pek Suan Diana
I had a very successful total hip replacement done by Dr Kau 4 years ago. 4 months after the operation I was back walking, cycling and swimming. The beautiful job gave me much confidence Dr Kau is most professional and has such great doctor patient communication.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the first sign of hip problems?

    The first sign of hip problems can vary depending on the specific condition or injury. However, one common early sign is hip pain or discomfort. This pain may be localised in the hip joint or radiate to the groin, thigh, or buttocks. It can range from a dull ache to sharp, intense pain. Other early signs may include stiffness, difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected hip, limited range of motion, or a clicking or popping sensation in the hip joint.

    Will hip pain go away on its own?

    Minor strains or overuse injuries may improve with rest, self-care measures, and gentle stretching or exercises. However, it is important to note that persistent or worsening hip pain should not be ignored, as it may indicate a more serious condition that requires medical attention. Certain hip problems, such as osteoarthritis, labral tears, or hip impingement, typically do not resolve on their own and may require targeted treatment from a healthcare professional or a hip specialist.

    How do you know if hip pain is serious?

    Serious hip pain is characterised by its intensity, duration, and impact on mobility and function. If the pain is severe, sharp, persistent, or if it worsens over time, it may be a cause for concern. Difficulty in bearing weight on the affected hip, limited range of motion, or an inability to perform daily activities are indicators of a potentially serious problem.

    How can I heal my hip without surgery?

    Minor hip injuries can be healed without surgery through resting and modifying activities to avoid aggravating the hip. Engaging in physical therapy can strengthen hip muscles and improve flexibility. Patients can also manage pain with medications, utilise assistive devices for support, and make lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight to improve hip injuries.

    How much does hip surgery cost in Singapore?

    According to MOH’s fee guideline, a total hip replacement surgery costs an average of $40,000 at a private hospital. This fee is calculated before deducting your personal insurance plans (Integrated Shield Plans, Medishield Life) and MediSave payouts. Dr Kau is on the panel for most major local insurers.

    How long is the recovery period after hip surgery?

    Recovery times can vary depending on the type of surgery performed and the patient’s overall health. Recovery from total hip replacement can range from three to six months, with the full benefits of the surgery potentially taking up to a year to realise.

    Are there complications after a hip replacement surgery?

    Yes, there are potential complications after hip replacement surgery, though it’s worth noting that hip replacement is generally a successful and effective procedure. Patients undergoing hip replacement surgery should be aware of these potential complications and discuss them with their healthcare provider to ensure proper management and care post-surgery.

    What activities should I avoid after hip surgery?

    Post-surgery, your hip specialist will provide a list of activities to avoid to ensure proper healing. Generally, high-impact activities such as running, jumping, or heavy lifting may be restricted for a certain period.

    At what age do hip problems typically occur?

    Hip problems can occur at any age. Conditions like labral tears are more common in younger individuals, while osteoarthritis and hip fractures are more prevalent in older adults. Lifestyle, activity level, and overall health also play significant roles in developing hip conditions.